WASHINGTON, January 9, 2018.: When we think of Oprah Winfrey, we should view her like a pair of Lululemon Relaxed Fit Pants. She is just one of the many products she has endorsed over the years. According to the pop culture icon, the pant seams are sewn flat to appear less bulky. The pants also create the illusion the wearer’s midsection and rump are decidedly smaller.
Unlike Oprah in her Lululemons, her ideas are much smaller than they appear.
Oprah’s “presidential” act
On Sunday night’s Golden Globe’s broadcast, a significant time slot was carved out of the telecast for Oprah to virtue signal while accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Her disapproval of sexual harassment in Hollywood:
“new day” has finally dawned “because a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight – and some pretty phenomenal men – are fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again.”
And just as quickly as Golden Globe winners had to rush through their acceptance speeches to accommodate Oprah’s hijacking of the event, the media rapidly suggested her speech signaled a presidential run.
The Oprah Effect
“It sounds simple enough,” said Michael Finnegan of the Los Angeles Times, “If Donald Trump can win the presidency, why couldn’t Oprah Winfrey?”
And never-Trumper William Kristol, Republican editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, tweeted that Winfrey is
“sounder on economics than Bernie Sanders” and “understands Middle America better than Elizabeth Warren.”
“I don’t think she [Oprah] has any intention of [running for president],” actress Meryl Streep tells the Washington Post, “But now she doesn’t have a choice.”
He was there in spirit
Last Sunday evening, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein did not sit among the Golden Globe’s black-tie attendees. However, his presence was certainly felt. He’s the reason everyone venturing near popular culture’s massive black hole rushes past its event horizon and corkscrews down to the crushing singularity known as “#MeToo.”
But “Me Too” had a much different connotation not all that long ago. That group comprised the who’s who of entertainment, politics and the mainstream media. The ones who lined up to praise Weinstein (Meryl Streep), or held out their hands for his political contributions (Hillary Clinton), or luxuriated while wrapped in his big pawing paws for a photo proving they and Harvey were the best of besties (Oprah Winfrey).
For some, Oprah’s virtue signaling may prove enough to erase her and Weinstein’s past. Or, she could help grease the skids in favor of her 2020 Democratic Party nomination for president by repeating her classic Oprah Winfrey Show stunt of 2004.
Just buy everyone in America a brand-new Pontiac.